Media Brief - 2016

Date: 16 May 2016

Record Number of Eaton Employees Recognized in Prestigious CRN 2016 Women of the Channel List

May 16, 2016 … Eaton today announced that four team members have been named to CRN‘s prestigious 2016 Women of the Channel list, the most Eaton honorees ever recognized for the annual award program. Additionally, Sommer Goodknecht, partner marketing manager, Eaton, has been named to CRN’s list of the 2016 Power 100, an elite subset of the overall list, which honors women who span the information technology (IT) channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem.

Erica Mikulsky, partner marketing manager, Eaton, has also been recognized in a new subset of “Up and Coming” IT channel professionals. The four Eaton honorees are praised for exemplary work in the channel completed in 2015, with specific achievements that include the following:

  • Stephanie Durden, partner sales manager, strengthened Eaton’s brand by participating in key industry events and visiting partners in the Central Region, fostering and strengthening relationships and helping partners grow their businesses and exceed financial objectives.
  • Sommer Goodknecht, partner marketing manager, helped Eaton expand its focus on small solution providers, making smart investments to recruit and retain these partners. Goodknecht also helped lead Eaton’s outreach to the value-added-reseller (VAR) community, increasing the company’s presence at industry events and redoubling efforts to make in-person connections with existing and prospective partners.
  • Elizabeth Bagnas, partner value marketing manager, helped validate Eaton’s power management solutions with EMC® and VCE converged infrastructure systems. She also helped strengthen Eaton’s collaborations with Cisco®, EMC, NetApp®, VCE and VMware® by creating and executing marketing initiatives and fulfilling operational requirements.
  • Erica Mikulsky, partner marketing manager, after rejoining the team where her partner marketing career began, she played a key role on the team responsible for launching the Online Certification Training Modules for Eaton’s award-winning Intelligent Power Manager software, helping to drive important new messaging surrounding software-defined power in the channel.

“These executives have made a lasting mark on our industry — growing and elevating partner programs, leading transitions to new business models and introducing cutting-edge go-to-market strategies, among other remarkable achievements.” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We congratulate all the 2016 Women of the Channel and celebrate their singular contributions to the advancement of the channel ecosystem.”

The 2016 Women of the Channel and Power 100 lists will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at

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